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election campaigning on friday the upper house has agreed to revise the public offices election law. people in the country will get their first taste of online campaigning, starting with this summer's upper house race. nhk world has the details. >> reporter: the bill was passed unanimously by the upper house. from now on, political parties, candidates and voters will be allowed to enlist public support on websites and social networking services. japanese law has long limited the number of paper documents that can be distributed during official campaigns. the rule was meant to keep candidates with a financial edge from getting an unfair advantage. but the law, enacted in 1950, did not envision the internet. documents and images in cyber space have been regulated in the same way. japan has lagged behind other countries such as the united states, britain and germany, where there are few restrictions on internet election campaigning. >> translator: communication tools are completely different from the old days. it's good to update the law. >> translator: i'm all for the revision. i'm busy with
. >> law enforcement agents have been called to boston from around the country. they are analyzing the images taken by surveillance video in ed the malls nearby and looking at phones from around the time of the explosion. nhk world, boston. >>> the fbi says a granular substance contained in a letter addressed to president barack obama tested positive for the poisonous ricin. the u.s. secret service said the letter was intercepted as a white house mail screening facility on tuesday. press secretary jay carney says the president has been briefed on the letter and orders the investigation continue in the boston bombings first and say this is no indicated link between the letters and the bombing bombings. >> . >> the bombings in boston that killed and maimed people have his absolute focus. >> u.s. media say a suspicious letter was also found at the congressional office of republican senator richard shelby of alabama. and senator roger wicker was also targeted this week. >>> chinese warships patrolled disputes islands wednesday as part of an exercise. the senkaku islands are controlled
since 2009. pakistani law enforcement authorities issued the arrest warrant for him in 2011. they accused him of failing to provide adequate security for former prime minister that led to her assassination. the high court has suspended the warrant while he tried to fight the accusations. the authorities have ordered his arrest in an about face. he's living at his home. he's poised to file an objection with the supreme court. his return to politics was already looking unlikely because the election board refused to accept his candidacy. >>> new u.s. navy combat ship, the uss freedom arrived in port in singapore on thursday. singapore will be the first country to accommodate the fleet of new american ships all quipped with advanced radar systems. it is viewed as part of the u.s. military effort to keep china's escalating maritime advancement in check. nhk reports. >> reporter: the uss freedom is also known as a total combat ship. it is designed to operate in shallow waters close to shore, making it effective where other combat ships cannot engage. the ship measures 118 meters l
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